18 May 2019

Arty party: 'Studio 360' on life as an opera extra

From The Podcast Hour, 12:35 pm on 18 May 2019

'Studio 360' is a show about culture and the arts featuring stories about, and interviews with, the people writing or making some of the biggest plays, books, shows, dance, films, and music.

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Studio 360 episode logo Photo: Supplied

Listener Ian Henderson tipped me off to it by emailing pods@rnz.co.nz and says 'Studio 360' is one of his favourite shows.

Ian highlighted a recent episode all about the old folk song and murder ballad "In the Pines": it's been covered more than 200 times by artists including Lead Belly and by Kurt Cobain and Nirvana on their MTV Unplugged album from 1993.

I share another 'Studio 360' story featured in that same episode, with host Kurt Andersen introducing us to Iggy Berlin and his life as an opera extra, or supernumerary.

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Studio 360 logo (Supplied) Photo: Supplied

'Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen' is produced by PRI/PRX and Slate and we feature some of an episode called "Daveed Diggs and Suzan-Lori Parks, 'In the Pines' and supernumeraries". With thanks to Jocelyn Gonzales and Kathleen Unwin for their help sharing that too!